Tancred: Or, The New Crusade, Volume 2

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Page 15 - I am the angel of Arabia, the guardian spirit of that land which governs the world ; for power is neither the sword nor the shield, for these pass away, but ideas, which are divine. The thoughts of all lands come from a higher source than man, but the intellect of Arabia comes from the Most High.
Page 199 - We wish to conquer that world, with angels at our head, in order that we may establish the happiness of man by a divine dominion, and, crushing the political atheism that is now desolating existence, utterly extinguish the grovelling tyranny of self-government.
Page 128 - ... mastered the resources of others. What expedient in negotiation is unknown to me ? What degree of endurance have I not calculated ? What play of the countenance have I not observed ? Yes, among my creditors, I have disciplined that diplomatic ability, that shall some day confound and control cabinets. Oh...
Page 16 - The equality of man can only be accomplished by the sovereignty of God. The longing for fraternity can never be satisfied but under the sway of a common father. The relations between Jehovah and his creatures can be neither too numerous nor too near. In the increased distance between God and man have grown up all those developments that have made life mournful. Cease, then, to seek in a vain philosophy the solution of the social problem that perplexes you. Announce the sublime and solacing doctrine...
Page 78 - It is nearly twenty years since these incidents occurred, and perhaps the reader may feel not altogether uninterested in the subsequent fate of the children of Baroni. Mademoiselle Josephine is at this moment the glory of the French stage; without any question the most admirable tragic actress since Clairon, and inferior not even to her. The spirit of French tragedy has risen from the imperial couch on which it had long slumbered since her appearance, at the same time classical and impassioned, at...
Page 43 - As for their command over nature," said Tancred, "let us see how it will operate in a second deluge. Command over nature ! Why the humblest root that serves for the food of man has mysteriously withered throughout Europe, and they are already pale at the possible consequences. This slight eccentricity of that nature, which they boast they can command, has already shaken empires, and may decide the fate of nations. No, gentle lady, Europe is not happy. Amid its false excitement, its bustling invention,...
Page 35 - Asia revivified would act upon Europe. The European comfort, which they call civilization, is, after all, confined to a very small space : the island of Great Britain, France, and the course of a single river — the Rhine. The greater part of Europe is as dead as Asia, without the consolation of climate and the influence of immortal traditions.
Page 285 - Ah ! there is nothing like action,' said Baroni, unscrewing his pistols. 'But what action is there in this world?' said Tancred. ' The most energetic men in Europe are mere busybodies. Empires are now governed like parishes, and a great statesman is only a select vestryman. And they are right : unless we bring man nearer to heaven, unless government become again divine, the insignificance of the human scheme must paralyse all effort.